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Arpanet, Part 3: The Subnet (technicshistory.wordpress.com)
76 points by cfmcdonald 4 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 7 comments

> UCLA added their underutilized IBM 360/91 batch-processing machine to the network and provided consultation by telephone to support remote users, and thus managed to significantly supplement the income of the computer center.

Cloud computing in the 1970s!

Interesting to compare this solution (connecting independent mainframes, each with a $45K IMP) to that created by UofMinn MERITSS at about the same time (providing timeshared processing to dozens of satellite colleges with one 32-port interface) ... making the U. 'the cloud' for the other schools. https://conservancy.umn.edu/bitstream/handle/11299/162981/UC...

Anyone interested in this kind of history should read The Dream Machine by M. Mitchell Waldrop.

Another one I enjoyed is Where Wizards Stay Up Late by Katie Hafner

Thanks for the recommendation. Looks like an incredible book. Just ordered the hardback from Amazon.

BBN deserves more credit in internet history...

These articles are posted monthly and I love them. Great in-depth histories.

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